Kojey Radical dances through darkness in new video for ‘Can’t Go Back’

Experimental poet-rapper-singer Kojey Radical has unveiled a stunning visual for his expressive single ‘Can’t Go Back’.

Co-directed by Radical himself, the artist and a tribe of dancers harness the therapeutic power of dance to live purely in the moment; banishing any bad energy that may be present by removing life’s conscious and subconscious defences and letting the music take over.

The East London creative said it “feels like a return to form for me. When I went through the darkest parts of my depression I used dance as a sort of healing therapy. I wanted to reflect the joy of losing yourself in a moment and letting everything go. It’s taking things all the way back to the basics to begin again and free yourself from past trauma.”

The final minute teases fans with a snippet of punching lyrics from the powerful unreleased track ’20/20′ – with the two songs featured acting as the first offering from Kojey’s highly anticipated third full-length body of work, set for release later this year.

Radical also recently announced a small series of free, intimate pop-up shows for his fans after posting on his Instagram: ‘No more doing anything that’s not about the people that support me. I know what I’m doing this for now more so than ever. It’s for you. This show is for you,’ with the first set to take place at Hoxton Bar & Grill on June 25th.

Enter the ticket ballot here.

Read our interview with Kojey from 2017: “I don’t play around with the shit I’m saying”

Kojey Radical teams up with KZ again on coming-of-age anthem ’25’

 

Yizzy fights off apocalyptic figures in the video for ‘Noticing Me Now’

South London’s Yizzy finds himself trapped in a nightmarish hospital thriller for the new video of his track, ‘Noticing Me Now’.

The video, released through our new DMY Recordings label, sees the MC being restrained on an operating table by a group of apocalyptic figures, symbolising the artist’s battle to be heard in a cluttered industry.

The high octane song is taken from Yizzy’s newly released ‘Welcome To Grime Street‘ EP – featuring vocals by fellow London artist Elshay that complement the MC’s strapping lyrics, it makes for a dramatic sound.

Yizzy describes the cut as a “special tune that I never expected to make. My EP tracklist was done for ages, I took a song off to make room for this song instead. Listen to the song to find out why.”

The Lewisham MC celebrated the release of his EP with two huge performances over the weekend at Parklife – shelling at the Reprezent Radio stage – and Field Day, where he marked the start of the festival by headlining the Dr Martens Boot Room stage.

He also recently delivered an explosive Fire In The Booth freestyle.

Stream the EP in full:

Little Simz returns to her pirate radio roots in new ‘101 FM’ video

UK rapper Little Simz has released the visuals to stand-out song ‘101 FM’ from her acclaimed album ‘GREY Area’, released earlier this year.

The video pays homage to the artist’s upbringing as a child during the late nineties/early noughties and flashes back to her history in pirate radio, where for Simz, writing bars in her bedroom and attending intimate flat parties were a day-to-day occurrence.

The beautifully-constructed video was shot on VHS to enhance feelings of nostalgia; providing a fitting visual for one of the most prominent upcoming artists in the UK scene at the moment.

Where the rapper has been making big moves in the music industry, she hasn’t let this stop her pursuing other projects and avenues – with the 25-year-old set to appear in the highly anticipated new series of Top Boy, rubbing shoulders on set with the likes of other big name artists, Dave and Kano.

Little Simz will be touring her album ‘GREY Area’ from October across locations such as Leeds, Nottingham, Glasgow, Oxford and London.

Find tickets for Little Simz’s shows here.

Read our interview with Little Simz from 2015.

Premiere: Ellen Allien shares the hypnotic video for ‘Love Distortion’

Legendary Berlin DJ, producer and BPitch boss Ellen Allien is today sharing the glitchy video for ‘Love Distortion,’ taken from her May-released ‘Alientronic’ album.

Revolving around some trippy flashes of colour and a retro aesthetic, it aligns nicely with the raw, propulsive banger that the track takes shape as, providing some hammer-like drums and an acid synth line.

Following the premiere of her video for ‘Trigger‘, a visual that makes 2018 look uncannily like old rave footage, you can watch ‘Love Distortion’ now above.

Listen to Ellen Allien’s Dummy Mix from 2016.

‘Alientronic’ is out now – purchase it here.

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Yizzy hijacks the news in the video for ‘Deh Suh’

The next generation of grime, Yizzy takes over the news in the video for explosive new single ‘Deh Suh’.

Playing newsreader, the Lewisham MC’s self-directed visual finds cameos from a few famous faces in grime.

The Teddy Music-produced ‘Deh Suh‘ featuring Scrufizzer is the second single from Yizzy’s ‘Welcome To Grime Street’ EP, released on our new DMY Recordings label.

Watch it now above.

Listen to Yizzy’s ‘Deh Suh’ via your preferred streaming service here.

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Premiere: 13XL let us into their secret basement shows on ‘Show You The Whole World And Show You How It Spins’

13XL are a rising duo who’ve quickly amassed a cult following for their riotous shows. Their narcotic trap sound can be found booming out of warehouse raves and DIY skateparks as much as international fashion shows, while their multicultural influences are a middle finger to the current state of global politics.

Comprised of Scott and Xena, the south London duo have a fiercely punk spirit – and debut single ‘Show You The Whole World And How It Spins’ reflects this DIY attitude.

The accompanying video is a glimpse into the wild scenes from their coveted basement shows, slotting grainy footage of gunfingers next to snapshots of 13XL’s reality.

The track itself tackles the immigrant experience in Britain, including a bridge where Xena recites a warning to ill-wishers in her mother’s Kashmiri mountain dialect.

“It loosely translates into ‘anyone who inflicts any damage or oppression on me, if you won’t leave me alone, I won’t leave you alone’,” she says, “it sounds a lot more threatening in the original form..! I’m very used to people around me having the threat of deportation hanging over them, there’s raids all the time in our community in Birmingham.”

Watch the video exclusively above.

‘Show You The Whole World And How It Spins’ is out now via Moves Recordings. Follow 13XL here.

Premiere: Mina hits Bryte’s neighbourhood in Accra for their ‘One Leg’ video

London-based DJ and producer Mina takes influence from global sounds, mining the corners of the earth to root out the freshest strands of dance music.

Today she releases her debut album, ‘Flight Paths’, on her newly minted Earth Kicks label, which taps up a bunch of collaborators from various continents.

Teaming up again with Ghanaian vocalist and longtime collaborator, Bryte, ‘One Leg’ is another example of Mina’s playful, dancehall-inflected stylings.

The video, which we’re premiering above, was shot in Bryte’s neighbourhood of Abeka, Accra, and in an abandoned swimming pool in Labadi.

“We wanted to capture the infectious energy of the lyrics and celebrate Ghana’s dance and skating cultures,” Mina says. “This is the first video I have fully directed, produced and edited myself and I’m really excited to share it!”

Watch the video above now.

Mina’s ‘Flight Paths’ album comes out today, May 3rd 2019, via her own Earth Kicks label. 

Watch Yizzy and Devilman in cartoon form in the video for ‘Freeze’

Yizzy has just shared the visuals for ‘Freeze‘, the no-holds-barred grime cut we put out on Friday via our DMY Recordings label.

Animated by Adam Le Gallez, who has produced visuals for Jme, the colourful video finds Yizzy in cartoon form, sparring with Birmingham’s Devilman.

The track, produced by Terror Danjah, finds Yizzy wrapping his tight, patois-inflected flow over old skool grime production.

Watch it above.

‘Freeze’ is out now on DMY Recordings/Livin’ Legendz – stream it here.

Yizzy has an imminent headline show at O2 Academy2 Islington – find tickets here.

Premiere: Ashnikko plays with gentleman’s club tropes in her ‘Special’ video

North Carolina-born, London-based Ashnikko is the artist providing an antidote to the glossy, hyper-sexualised imagery of mainstream pop.

Pioneering a blend of fiery, female-centric lyricism, Ashnikko today shares the video for ‘Special’, which features lines like “eat my pussy like it’s lunch”.

The visual flips the traditional imagery of a gentleman’s club on its head, with male dancers and a besuited Ashnikko grabbing her crotch while overseeing games of poker – thereby further ramming the point home that it’s not a man’s world any more…

Watch it exclusively above.

 

Premiere: Katie McBride embraces the natural world in the video for ‘NBSL’

Toronto’s Katie McBride enjoyed a run of stellar singles throughout 2017 and 18 – culminating in a beautifully-crafted EP on London label Limited Health.

Armed with a gold standard vocal and uber-glossy production that comes stripped-back, her ‘World of Dreams’ EP boasted co-production by Matthew Tavares of BadBadNotGood, as well as Joe Manzoli of Terrible Record’s ginla.

Her debut music video, ‘NBSL’ – which we’re premiering above – finds McBride embracing the outdoors in a manner that fits the gossamer-light nature of the track, giving us Sound of Music vibes in the process.

Watch it now.

Katie McBride’s ‘World Of Dreams’ EP is out now via Limited Health – stream it here.

Yizzy calls on Australian grime MCs in the video for ‘Yeah (Remix)’

Hot on the heels of his ‘Yeah‘ single, Lewisham MC Yizzy has unveiled an all-Australian remix, drafting in Aussie spitters Shadow and Nerve for verses.

Bringing it from the UK all the way to the southern hemisphere, the rework takes the Mr Virgo-produced instrumental to new heights.

It’s a high-octane, hype anthem that shows Yizzy to be grime’s next hopeful, as well as someone who can unite a global grime scene on one cut.

Watch it now above.

Yizzy has a headline show at O2 Academy2 Islington on Friday 17th May – find tickets here.

Related: Read ‘The 10 Most High-Energy Grime Tracks, according to Yizzy

Coucou Chloe shares ice-cold new cut ‘GECKO’

Nice-born, London-based auteur Coucou Chloe has shared a new video for ethereal, self-produced pop cut ‘GECKO’.

The cut revolves around her breathy vocals in her native tongue, underpinned by her steely, economical production.

Arriving via NUXXE, the label we named as one of the best of 2018 and home to Shygirl and Sega Bodega, it’s the first taste of a forthcoming EP of hers.

A firm favourite in the fashion world already, Coucou Chloe has been responsible for a flurry of forward-thinking cuts – and ‘GECKO’ is no exception.

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